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By Jonathan Meades

ISBN-10: 0007568916

ISBN-13: 9780007568918

"Nothing wilfully invented. reminiscence invents unbidden.' The Nineteen Fifties weren't gray. In Jonathan Meades's precise, petit-point memoir they're luridly polychromatic. They have been peopled by means of embittered grotesques, bogus majors, vicious spinsters, reckless bohos, pompous boors, suicides. loss of life went dogging in all places.

Salisbury, the place he was once pointed out, had industries: God and the chilly conflict, either one of which supplied a forged of adults for the kid to scrutinise – desiccated God-botherers at the one hand, gung-ho chemical warriors at the different.

The identify is grossly erroneous. This booklet is, really, a portrait of a disappeared provincial England, a time and position unpeeled with grotesque enjoy.

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In the subsequent weeks, Jed tried squeezing out a few more lessons from his instructor (carefully checking all his trumpet books for contraband beforehand) but was finally rebuffed, his teacher believing him to be some kind of twisted, low-life pervert. When Mike and I heard the details we hit the floor laughing so hard, we nearly pissed ourselves, then actually felt kind of bad about the whole thing. Puberty was hormonal roulette. Some kids sailed through, developing muscles and enough self-esteem to run for class president.

Whether that is true or not, it’s always a delightful beverage. Of course, after John was stabilized, we all smoked up again. The locals had never smoked anything this strong, so demand was sky-high. Many times Heth would be sitting in class when seniors, who’d never before given him the time of day, dropped by, acting like his best friend. All at once we felt the magnitude of our 19 buskers 20 situation. Either Dad’s hallucination-inducing cannabis was poised to become legendary at Livingston High or we were going to be busted big-time.

We frequently stared down the barrel of an empty fridge. As the noose tightened, Mom scurried around, maxing out credit cards and borrowing money from relatives, all the while looking for a better-paying job and a car that didn’t break down every other week. Thankfully, after we applied to the School Lunch Program, the great state of New Jersey stepped in with meal cards— one for each of us kids. At least on weekdays we were guaranteed a hot lunch. Kind-hearted, hair-netted lunch ladies heaped extralarge portions of mac’n’cheese onto our Styrofoam plates while other kids looked on enviously.

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